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The saxophonists stand in the middle of the hall, on a stage that resembles a boxing ring. No coincidence, as this concert focuses on concentration.

The line-up consists of four young musicians who, sometimes as a quartet, sometimes solo or as a duo, tackle pieces from the repertoire of repetitive music. And they do so to every corner of the ring: for instance, two of them describe a square around a 6-metre long score while playing, while the tenor saxophonist battles impressively on her own with a groovy rhythm track. Moments later, four concentrated saxes wriggle into the compelling rhythm of a tape, until as an electronically manipulated baritone sax enthralls its opponents with incantatory sounds that fill the entire room.

It’s definitely a thrilling match, with the players being further encouraged from another stage by an energetic percussionist who ushers in each ‘round.

Eric Sleichim: concept, direction, composition and arrangements

BL!NDMAN [sax]
Bertel Schollaert: soprano saxophone
Maarten-Jan Huysmans: alto saxophone
Eva Vermeiren: tenor saxophone
Thomas Van Gelder: baritone saxophone

Mattijs Vanderleen: percussion

Peter Missotten: scenography
Jo Thielemans: sound technician
Veerle Vaes: production management

SINGLEBODYNOISE is a BL!NDMAN production, coproduced by Klara festival and related to BL!NDMAN’S young musicians program with the support of Youth and Music Flandres
InfernoX4 is composed by Felipe Perez Santiago in 2007 for BL!NDMAN [sax], commisioned by Lantaren/Venster Rotterdam.

BL!NDMAN [4×4], BL!NDMAN’s youth operation in collaboration with Jeugd en Muziek Vlaanderen, is composed of 4 young quartets with saxophones, singers, percussion and a string quartet. With this operation, BL!NDMAN wants to share 20 years of stage experience with the upcoming young guard and enable a cross-pollination between two generations.


L. Andriessen: Workers Union
P. Vermeersch: Sic
J. Ter Veldhuis: Grab it!
E. Sleichim: Angel
F. Perez Santiago: InfernoX4
S. Reich: New York Counterpoint
B. Giner: Satz


31 Oct
Rotterdam (NL)
27 Oct
Muziekinstrumenten Museum
Brussel - Bruxelles (BE)
16 Feb
CC De Westrand
Dilbeek (BE)
19 Jan
CC Genk
Genk (BE)
10 Nov
Antwerpen (BE)
16 Mar
Brussel - Bruxelles (BE)
16 Sep
Ancienne Belgique (org. Klara Festival)
Brussel - Bruxelles (BE)